As a new campus library director I understand the importance of professional development to continue my own education but also for the development of the library staff. I am a member of the Indiana Library Federation and Academic Libraries of Indiana and am researching other groups that focus more on community college populations.
Library staff has been encouraged to seek out professional development opportunities that interest them. Some examples are: association memberships, webinars and online courses, local library conventions or meetings, professional books, etc.
Professional Development costs are included as part of the yearly library budget.
Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, November 2018
Ongoing: SpringShare Brunch and Learn webinar series: Librarians from other institutions show creative uses of LibGuides and other products.
Upcoming: Supervisor Education, May 3, 2019
For the FY 2019-20 budget, money will be allocated to support one professional development opportunity for interested part-time staff. My goal is to encourage the members of the staff that have LTA degrees to continue their education with a Bachelor's Degree and eventually a Master's Degree in Library Science. The professional development offered will increase their skills in areas that will help them further their library career: cataloging, programming, reference, and instruction. Some options for professional development include: Ivy Tech Library Committee work, local or online courses or webinars, memberships in library organizations, subscriptions to library journals, purchase of professional development books.